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Earn More By Investing In Your Looks

Investing in your looks may matter more than you know. Gender equality when it comes to equal pay is a hot topic. Female and male celebrities alike are fighting for pay equality, specifically for women to make the same as men for the same work. Of course men and women should receive equal pay for jobs of equal value. But a new twist in the battle for equal pay reveals attractiveness helps both men and women at work — but not in the same ways.  

While a strong resume helps you get your foot in the door, when the time comes for your interview, investing in your looks can give you a leg up on your competition. And when you get the job, investing in your looks will help you not only keep it, but your chances of promotion are enhanced. New research shows attractive people have an easier time getting hired, get better performance reviews, are promoted more often and make more money than their less attractive counterparts.

Earn More By Investing In Your Looks

Make More Money By Investing In Your Looks

This new study done by sociologists Jacyln Wong at the University of Chicago and Andrew Penner at the University of California, Irvine, affirms attractiveness is a key factor in the success young professionals between the ages of 24 and 32 have at work.  However, being considered attractive enough to command a higher wage does not require perfect bone structure. Job status is often affected by the amount of time a person spends getting ready in the morning. And this is notably the case for women.

“Although appearance and grooming have become increasingly important to men, beauty work continues to be more salient for women because of cultural double standards with very strict prescriptions for women,” the paper says.

The study reveals when women in any profession invest in their looks, they garner more respect, and are taken more seriously. While a man can professionally benefit from being naturally attractive, for a woman it depends on how much effort she puts into makeup, grooming and other efforts like skin care and attire to look her best.

Investing in your looks pays off, especially if you are a woman.  The study shows the higher wages you can make for looking good at work is directly correlated to how much you are investing in your looks. For men, it has a little to do with grooming, but more do with being naturally good-looking. This finding highlights how much work women have to do to be considered attractive.

While it is an unfair double standard that, as a woman, you are expected to put more effort than men into investing in your looks, there is a silver lining. The premium that you command for looking good at work is entirely within your control, unlike the premium that naturally attractive men command. Moreover, higher wages aren’t being given to people who have a certain type of body, but rather to people who present their bodies in a certain kind of way.  In other words, attractiveness is not something that you have, but something that you do.

While the double standard may not be easy to accept, for now it is a reality, and many people are using it to their advantage.  If you are ready to take your career to the next level, of course, the best way is to increase your skill set and go back to school.  If you are thinking about taking your career to the next level by also investing in your looks, we are here to help.

What’s great about medical aesthetics, is that it helps both men and women look and feel their best. We think the real reason behind the findings in the study is the idea when you look better, you feel better. Many of our clients tell us they feel better when they invest in their skin, and the added benefit is they have more confidence.  Perhaps it’s the confidence that comes with investing in our appearance that can make the difference between getting that promotion or not?  

To find out more about the products and services that would be best suited for your skin, please call us at 800-851-0969 or click here for your complimentary consultation. The staff at the National Laser Institute Med Spa are experts who train doctors, nurses, and laser techs from around the world how to perform laser and injectable treatments for the most naturally beautiful results.  

Louis J. Silberman is the CEO and Co-Founder of National Laser Institute, the pioneer of the medical aesthetics training industry and one of the largest educators in the country.